5 Tips for Spring Watering of Trees & Shrubs

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Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to think about your irrigation system.  When you think about irrigating your plants and trees, generic viagra  what do you think about?

  • Using as little water as possible?
  • Having the best looking plants you can have?
  • Wondering where to begin?

In an ideal world, you would have all your groundcover plants on one irrigation station and being watered together, your shrubs on one irrigation station, and your trees on their own irrigation system.  But, we don’t live in an ideal world.  More often than not, you have all your front yard plants on one irrigation station and your backyard plants on another station.  And, you might have flower beds on a separate irrigation station if you’re lucky.

What does that mean for you?  It means that you’re either overwatering your groundcovers and possibly your shrubs or you’re underwatering your trees.  It ends up being a balancing act to get your irrigation watering right.

Here are five tips for getting it close to being good.

  1. Use different emitter sizes for different types of plant material in a drip irrigation system.  Emitters come gallons per hour sizes.  Lower gallons per hour for less watering to a plant.
  2. Mature trees often get the majority of their water from surrounding plants because their growing roots are at the edge of the tree canopy.  So, don’t water directly next to the tree trunk.  It does more damage than good.
  3. Make sure that you inspect your irrigation system for leaks and to optimize the system before Spring.  While plants are dormant, you can get a better look under them and check for leaks.
  4. Adjust your irrigation watering times and length of watering as the temperature rises.
  5. Look to ensure that your drip irrigation poly line is buried underground.  That helps keep animals from chewing on the line and creating holes that cause leaks.

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your water bills and look for spikes in water usage.  That can mean that you have a problem with your irrigation system or with your home’s water.  It’s better to find out as quickly as possible before your get a huge water bill.  Here’s a good resource from the University of Arizona about Watering Trees and Shrubs.

If you need help with your irrigation system, give us a call at (520) 370-5697.  We’re here to answer your questions and do the irrigation work you don’t want to do.

Deborah Munoz-Chacon

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping


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25 Comments

  1. Cool tips! I love watering plants in my garden and I would follow your tips.

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  2. I’m from San Diego and I love gardens – especially edible ones. Can you grow vegetables in your area?
    Do you have recommendations for how to do that?

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  3. Great tips! Sure wish you were in the Phoenix area!!!!!

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    • Thanks David!

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  4. Wonderful advice! I never knew that watering a tree too close to it’s trunk was more harmful than good. I also agree that one should always keep track of their water bill if they do have an irrigation system. You never know when something could be cracked or chewed through and it’s not always obvious so it’s good to stay on top of it.

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    • Watering close to the trunk can cause rot at the base of the tree and in the roots.

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  5. It is very important info about landscape and living in desert like we do water is sacred substance to sustain all our lives!

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    • Very true.

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  6. would appreciate any tips you have for watering herbs indoors, thanks in advance!

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  7. I have honestly never really thought about whether I was over or under watering any of my plants and trees. Well, actually more the trees. I have always just figured the rain would take care of the trees, but I guess that is not enough. Thanks for the information!

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  8. Thank you for sharing. I’m sure there are so many of that can’t wait for spring and to put these tips into action.

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  9. We have hot summers here, so appreciate you sharing these tips. Winter pretty much killed our shrubs because it was so harsh, so needed some new ideas to plant.

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  10. What spring? We had spring all winter in the 70’s
    Regardless those are great tips

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  11. You always provide so much great information. Thanks for the great tips, My yard will love you!

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  12. This is really great information! I’m looking to buy my firs home soon and this information will come in handy. thank you for sharing!

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  13. Interesting tips on spring watering. In southern california I will be doing this by next month.

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  14. Thanks for the cool planting tips. These are some great ideas for our backyard;)

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  15. Thanks for the great information. I need to pay closer attention to how I water my plants. I have a variety and I am sure they all have unique needs

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  16. I would love to make a garden of my own as long as i have a wife.. Thank you for the tips i actually bookmarked it. Thanks

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  17. Thanks for the tips! I don’t have any trees in my yard. I have been telling my husband that I want to plant some shrubs and trees around the house. I will have to remember these tips!

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  18. These are really great tips. We have several trees on our property and knowing this will help keep them beautiful all spring and summer.

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